Soar through the skies in a hot air balloon ride where the gods of the old dwell. Seize the opportunity to partake in an awe-inspiring gliding experience not for the faint of heart.
The hot air balloon ride starts at the foot of Mount Olympus, located just 80 km away from Thessaloniki. Mount Olympus is known for its national park that is a refuge for multitudes of rare species of both flora and fauna. In addition to the stunning natural wealth, the mountain has numerous historical monuments that remind us of the incredible and rich history that is connected to this place. Your journey begins in one of the most promising, up-and-coming traditional villages, Palaios Panteleimonas. Don’t miss this unique chance to behold Olympus’ imposing yet majestic presence, roaming in the skies.
Your memorable journey starts the night before the flight in the traditional village of Palaios Panteleimonas. Furthermore, during your accommodation you will be served a delicious, genuine traditional mountain dinner. In the early morning hours, a field breakfast will be waiting for you right by the hot air balloon takeoff location. Once all is set and the appropriate preparations have been made, the group proceeds to lift-off. You will be flying in an altitude of approximately 1800 meters, where the air is fresh and the view is breathtaking. From above, you will be able to see the water springs, hiking trails and even some cultural and historic monuments. That being said, there is no wonder why the basket of the balloon is the perfect point of view for enjoying and admiring the glorious mountain and everything it has to offer. Moreover, to top off the whole experience an Olympian Nectar wine lunch will be served in the balloon basket whilst flying over the magnificent landscape. To top it all off, the pilot himself will offer you exquisite champagne to wish you a welcome and pleasant flight. When it comes to hot air balloon trips – it doesn’t get any better than this!
At 4:30 a.m. the flying crew will be waiting for you at the takeoff site. The flight departs that early in the morning because of the optimal weather conditions.
Shortly after your arrival, you will have a field breakfast near the balloon while it is being prepared for takeoff.
After the breakfast you get in to the basket and get yourself comfortable for departure. This is probably one of the most exciting parts of the trip as you get to admire the natural wealth of the mountain.
Once you reach a certain altitude, the crew will serve you an Olympian Nectar wine lunch. Lift your spirit with a perfect combination of heavenly food, luscious wine and the staggering gaze upon Mount Olympus’ jagged peaks.
8.00 a.m. calls for landing time. Before you head back to your accommodation you will be handed your very own flight certificates and gifts in order to render this incredible trip memorable.